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Rudy Owens called up to start for Astros tonight


MLB Network TV is reporting that the Astros have called up LHP Rudy Owens to start tonight’s game in Seattle.

Brian McTaggart reports that Josh Zeid has been sent to AAA Oklahoma City. Brad Peacock, who was supposed to make the start, is suffering form forearm soreness. Those are two words you never want to hear when discussing a pitcher. But the Astros are hopeful that Peacock will avoid the disabled list.

Owens, who sports a 6.05 ERA in 41 & 2/3 innings this year with the RedHawks, isn’t the first starting pitcher that comes to mind when discussing potential call-ups from the minors. But the timing was right for the 26-year old. It was his turn to pitch in the 6-man rotation that is currently employed at OKC.

Owens’ last start was a rough one. He gave up eight runs on nine hits in only three innings Saturday against New Orleans.

The Mesa, Arizona native has a career 3.61 ERA in 688 minor league innings. At 6′ 3″ and 240 pounds, Owens looks like a power pitcher. But that isn’t the case. His fastball tops out in the low nineties. However, Owens has outstanding command of all of his pitches, as evidenced by his career 1.9 BB/9 IP. Owens has also been able to limit homeruns in the minors (0.7/9 IP).

Sure, everyone wants to see Mike Foltynewicz or Jake Buchanan brought up. But instead, it’s Owens who will be making his big league debut against Felix Hernandez.

Best of luck, Rudy —  and welcome to the show!